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Lesson notes

The End Of The Innocence, released in 1989, is the lead single and title track from Don Henley’s third solo studio album of the same name.

It was Henley who wrote the lyrics, but the music was written by singer-songwriter and pianist Bruce Hornsby.

For that, the arrangement of the song is primarily piano driven and this lesson shows a similar one for the guitar.

It’s done in the key of G, where the guitar is capoed on the 1st fret, using all the major and minor chords, including several ways of playing those.

The strumming has a very syncopated feel in several parts of the song, like the intro interludes, instrumental bridge and the outro.

It also requires quite a bit of focused strumming, in particular for the middle strings, to copy the top notes of the inversions used on the piano.